Lane Watson, Fine Art Photographer
As many times is the case, necessity was again the mother of invention. Decades ago, I was a member of a U.S. Army battalion based in southern Germany. The unit mission was public relations throughout western Europe. Our team conducted public military demonstrations and provided tactical demonstrations for allied military groups such as the British War College. The unit needed a photographer, but had none. So with youthful enthusiasm, a PX-purchased 35 mm camera and access to the base darkroom, I quickly started down the road to a lifetime of photography.
Back in civilian life, as an avid outdoorsman, I combined nature photography with my love of hiking, camping, backpacking, canoeing, and fishing. My professional career provided the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally, including Canada, Europe, the UK, and South America. My camera gear always followed along.
As years passed, I recognized the rural, agricultural landscape of the American South was quickly disappearing. In an effort to capture the essence of the region, I refocused my efforts to produce fine art photography I felt would be worthy of a broader audience.
The Backroads Studio is a professional working studio and gallery in Kernersville, North Carolina. From here I perform post-production, printing, and framing of personal images. Additional work includes commissions through a small number of local commercial interior design firms. I recently completed a two-year appointment to the Winston-Salem - Forsyth County Public Art Commission.
My work is included in several permanent public collections, including the Caswell County Collection, both the Comprehensive Cancer Center and Emergency Medicine Department of Cone's Regional Medical Center, Guilford County Technical College, and the North Carolina State Veterinary School in Raleigh. Other works reside in private collections across the United States and in Europe. A number of my images have been published in North Carolina's Our State magazine.
Commissions are welcomed from individuals as well as private and public organizations.
Lane Watson, Kernersville, North Carolina